Once a thriving community on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada during the boom of the 1850s, Bodie was systematically and rather quickly deserted once both the ore in the mines and the money to run the mines began to dry up.
Now preserved in a state of "perpetual decay" as a California State Park, Bodie is simply a photographer's playground packed with all kinds of different colors, textures and locations.
Because the population declined fairly rapidly, many of the buildings still have furnishings and other household goods intact and the stores, saloons and other businesses are also surprisingly intact.
In 1911, Naval Aviation was born using fragile wood and cloth aircraft. Forged through two world wars, Korea, Viet Nam and countless humanitarian efforts, today's United States Navy is truly the tip of the spear and goes in harms way over, under and on the high seas.
On February 12, 2011, Naval Aviation came home to San Diego, California to kick off a year-long celebration with an Open House and Parade of aircraft over Naval Air Station North Island.
Watch for many of these same "legacy" paint schemes at air shows and aviation events all across the United States throughout 2011. FLY NAVY!